Online Craps Guide
Craps is one of the most dynamic casino games currently being offered online. As such, we have establish this exclusive guide to help you as a player learn the idiosyncrasies of this popular game. The online version is played with a representative (virtual) craps table and two dice.
Craps is a game where players have to place a bet that depends on the final outcome of the roll of a pair of dice. Punters can play against other players or against the casino.
Some gaming historians believe that craps evolved from a game called hazards, which dates back to the Crusades. The game was introduced in North America (precisely to New Orleans) by a professional gambler named Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville. In the beginning, this game was popular mainly on the streets, where people were spending their free time. During the Second World War, street version of craps became very popular also among soldiers. No matter where or when people were playing craps, there were rolling the dice against different back-stop such as stairs, walls or even blankets. While the original versions were usually played with "loaded dice," the game was eventually cleaned up and modern version of craps still exists today. Online versions are controlled by random number generators that provide fair and random results.
Game-Play, Rules and Strategies
What’s interesting, craps has also gained a huge popularity in online casinos. The rules for craps online are almost the same as the rules you would find at any regular casino, but there are small differences mainly related to the additional bets (at online casinos betting limits starts at $1, where at traditional casinos these limits are higher). The main difference is the lack of physical contact with the dice but modern software, which are used by online casinos, are on track to compensate this inconveniences to a minimum and replaced it with other, additional bonuses. Before playing online craps, it is highly recommended that each player reviews some of the most basic rules and related odds. A craps table has over twenty different betting options with most of them carrying specific odds.
Betting: Prior to rolling the dice, the player is prompted to make their bets. Each online table comes with published betting limits. Prior to the first roll (come-out roll), the most common bets are the "Pass Line" and the "Don't Pass" line. After the bets are placed, the player clicks "roll."
Pass Line: If a 7 or 11 is rolled on the come-out roll, the player automatically wins. If a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled, the player automatically losses. Any other number becomes "the Point." Once the point is established, pass line bets win if that same number comes up again before a 7 is rolled. If that happens, the player is paid 1-1 odds on their Pass Line bets.
Don't Pass Line: If a 2 or 3 is rolled on the come-out roll, the player automatically wins. If a 7 appears, the player loses. Any 11 or 12 creates no action. After the point is establish, Don't Pass bettors are looking for a 7 to appear before the point comes up again. If this happens, they are paid odds of 1-1.
After the come-out roll and a point is established, the player is allowed to make additional "place bets" on specific numbers or series of numbers. Without going into complete detail, here are some of the more popular place bets and the associated odds.
Single roll bets: These are bets that are applicable to the upcoming roll only. They include:
Field Bet - any 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 pays 1-1, 2 & 12 pays 2-1, all other numbers lose.
Single number Bets - 2 (snake eyes) pays 30-1, 3 pays 15-1, 11 (Yo) pays 15-1 and 12 (Box cars) pays 30-1. Players can also bet on a 7 that pays 4-1 or a horn bet (2, 3, 11 & 12) that pays 7-1.
Multi-Roll Bets: These wager remain on the board until the player takes them down or the dice hits a 7, which ends the roll.
Numbers - 4 and 10 pays 9-5, 5 and 9 pays 7-5, and 6 and 8 pays 6-5.
Hard Ways (duplicate dice) - Hard 4 and 10 pays 7-1 and hard 6 and 8 pays 9-1.
With so many different betting options, craps players use a wide range of betting strategies to try to overcome the house's advantage that ranges from 1.4% on pass line/don't pass line bets all the way up to 16.67% when betting on a 7 with a one-time roll.